| Event type

Épée, Individual, Women

Date 6 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 3, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants37 from 19 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The women’s épée was one of the fencing events in Rio without any clear favorite, as no athlete had won more than one World Cup or Grand Prix event throughout the season. None of the top three seeded fencers; Sarra Besbes from Tunisia, Xu Anqi from PRC and Tatyana Logunova from Russia, reached the semi-finals. Besbes, eight times gold medalist at the African Championships, and bronze medalist at the 2015 World Championships, did at least advance to the quarter-finals, but Xu and épée legend Logunova both lost their first bouts. London 2012 gold medalist Yana Shemiakina from Ukraine also failed to make the quarter-final.

The four semi-finalists comprised Italy’s Rossella Fiamingo, Lauren Rembi from France, Sun Yiwen from PR China and Emese Szász from Hungary. The 33-year-old from Budapest had never won a title at the Olympics, World or European Championships before. She enjoyed her most successful seasons in 2010 and 2011 when she won the World Cup series in both years. In the semi-final in Rio Szász defeated Rembi with a score of 10–6. In the second semi-final Fiamingo stopped Sun Yiwen’s advance with a narrow 12–11 victory. The gold medal bout was also close. The Italian started as the dominant fencer, but couldn’t shake off Szász, who always stayed in touch. The Hungarian came from behind, trailing 12–11 at the start of the final three minutes. Subsequently, she scored four points against only one by Fiamingo to secure her victory by 15–13. China’s Sun defeated Rembi to win the bronze medal by another narrow 15–13 scoreline.

1Emese Szász-KovácsHUNGold
2Rossella FiamingoITASilver
3Sun YiwenCHNBronze
4Lauren RembiFRA
5Sarra BesbesTUN
6Nathalie MoellhausenBRA
7Choi In-JeongKOR
8Nozomi NakanoJPN
9Ana Maria PopescuROU
10Irina EmbrichEST
11Vivian KongHKG
12Erika KirpuEST
13Yana ShemiakinaUKR
14Gang Yeong-MiKOR
15Olena KryvytskaUKR
16Mariflo CandassamyFRA
17Xu AnqiCHN
18Tatyana LogunovaRUS
19Simona GhermanROU
20Sin A-RamKOR
21Sun YujieCHN
22Violetta KolobovaRUS
23Courtney HurleyUSA
24Kelley HurleyUSA
25Kat HolmesUSA
26Lyubov ShutovaRUS
27Kseniya PanteleievaUKR
28Gbahi Gwladys SakoaCIV
29Julia BeljajevaEST
30Auriane MalloFRA
31Rayssa CostaBRA
32Leonora MackinnonCAN
33Simona PopROU
34Tiffany GéroudetSUI
35Amanda SimeãoBRA
36Alejandra TeránMEX
37Nguyễn Thị Như HoaVIE

Round One

Date6 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #1Kseniya PanteleievaUKRbye
Bout #206 Aug 9:00Blue PisteRayssa CostaBRA15 – 13Tiffany GéroudetSUI
Bout #3Violetta KolobovaRUSbye
Bout #4Rossella FiamingoITAbye
Bout #5Kelley HurleyUSAbye
Bout #6Sarra BesbesTUNbye
Bout #7Erika KirpuESTbye
Bout #8Kat HolmesUSAbye
Bout #9Irina EmbrichESTbye
Bout #1006 Aug 9:00Red PisteAuriane MalloFRA15 – 7Nguyễn Thị Như HoaVIE
Bout #11Sun YiwenCHNbye
Bout #12Gbahi Gwladys SakoaCIVbye
Bout #13Ana Maria PopescuROUbye
Bout #14Choi In-JeongKORbye
Bout #1506 AugRed PisteLeonora MackinnonCAN15 – 10Simona PopROU
Bout #16Vivian KongHKGbye
Bout #17Lyubov ShutovaRUSbye
Bout #1806 Aug 9:00Green PisteNozomi NakanoJPN15 – 12Alejandra TeránMEX
Bout #19Tatyana LogunovaRUSbye
Bout #20Yana ShemiakinaUKRbye
Bout #21Courtney HurleyUSAbye
Bout #22Gang Yeong-MiKORbye
Bout #23Sun YujieCHNbye
Bout #24Emese Szász-KovácsHUNbye
Bout #25Julia BeljajevaESTbye
Bout #26Lauren RembiFRAbye
Bout #27Simona GhermanROUbye
Bout #28Olena KryvytskaUKRbye
Bout #29Sin A-RamKORbye
Bout #30Nathalie MoellhausenBRAbye
Bout #3106 Aug 9:00Yellow PisteMariflo CandassamyFRA15 – 6Amanda SimeãoBRA
Bout #32Xu AnqiCHNbye

Round Two

Date6 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #106 Aug 10:15Blue PisteSarra BesbesTUN15 – 8Rayssa CostaBRA
Bout #206 AugBlue PisteErika KirpuEST5 – 4Kat HolmesUSA
Bout #306 AugBlue PisteIrina EmbrichEST15 – 3Kseniya PanteleievaUKR
Bout #406 AugBlue PisteSun YiwenCHN15 – 11Gbahi Gwladys SakoaCIV
Bout #506 Aug 10:15Yellow PisteAna Maria PopescuROU15 – 8Auriane MalloFRA
Bout #606 AugYellow PisteChoi In-JeongKOR15 – 12Violetta KolobovaRUS
Bout #706 AugYellow PisteVivian KongHKG15 – 10Lyubov ShutovaRUS
Bout #806 AugYellow PisteRossella FiamingoITA15 – 8Leonora MackinnonCAN
Bout #906 Aug 10:15Green PisteNozomi NakanoJPN15 – 14Tatyana LogunovaRUS
Bout #1006 AugGreen PisteYana ShemiakinaUKR14 – 13Courtney HurleyUSA
Bout #1106 AugGreen PisteGang Yeong-MiKOR15 – 10Sun YujieCHN
Bout #1206 AugGreen PisteEmese Szász-KovácsHUN15 – 11Julia BeljajevaEST
Bout #1306 Aug 10:15Red PisteLauren RembiFRA13 – 10Simona GhermanROU
Bout #1406 AugRed PisteOlena KryvytskaUKR15 – 14Sin A-RamKOR
Bout #1506 AugRed PisteNathalie MoellhausenBRA15 – 12Kelley HurleyUSA
Bout #1606 AugRed PisteMariflo CandassamyFRA15 – 8Xu AnqiCHN

Round Three

Date6 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #106 Aug 12:30Blue PisteSarra BesbesTUN15 – 11Erika KirpuEST
Bout #206 AugGreen PisteSun YiwenCHN15 – 12Irina EmbrichEST
Bout #306 AugBlue PisteChoi In-JeongKOR15 – 8Ana Maria PopescuROU
Bout #406 Aug 12:30Green PisteRossella FiamingoITA15 – 11Vivian KongHKG
Bout #506 Aug 12:30Yellow PisteNozomi NakanoJPN11 – 8Yana ShemiakinaUKR
Bout #606 AugRed PisteEmese Szász-KovácsHUN15 – 11Gang Yeong-MiKOR
Bout #706 AugYellow PisteLauren RembiFRA9 – 7Olena KryvytskaUKR
Bout #806 Aug 12:30Red PisteNathalie MoellhausenBRA15 – 12Mariflo CandassamyFRA


Date6 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #106 Aug 13:45Blue PisteSun YiwenCHN14 – 11Sarra BesbesTUN
Bout #206 Aug 13:45Red PisteRossella FiamingoITA15 – 8Choi In-JeongKOR
Bout #306 Aug 13:45Green PisteEmese Szász-KovácsHUN15 – 4Nozomi NakanoJPN
Bout #406 Aug 13:45Yellow PisteLauren RembiFRA15 – 12Nathalie MoellhausenBRA


Date6 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #106 Aug 16:00Finals PisteRossella FiamingoITA12 – 11Sun YiwenCHN
Bout #206 AugFinals PisteEmese Szász-KovácsHUN10 – 6Lauren RembiFRA

Final Round

Date6 August 2016
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/206 Aug 17:45Finals PisteEmese Szász-KovácsHUN15 – 13Rossella FiamingoITA
Bout 3/406 Aug 17:15Finals PisteSun YiwenCHN15 – 13Lauren RembiFRA